NC State Bird

Northern Cardinal

Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis

Adopted: 1943

Permanent residents throughout the state, cardinals nest in woodland margins and residential shrubbery, with first clutches of eggs usually laid before the end of April. The bright red male and the brownish-red female both assist in caring for the young. Two or three broods may be raised each season.


Cardinal song - WAV

Cool Links:

Northern Cardinal - Detailed information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

USGS Cardinal Information - Identification tips, life history info, distribution maps, taxonomy, sound files, and photos of the birds, nest, and egg.